BH Electronics gearing up for June 13 celebration

Photo by Karin Elton BH Electronics President and CEO Richard Jackson looks over the shoulder of Lori Torkelson as she strips a hook-up wire for an inductive sensor. BH Electronics will be celebrating its 50th anniversary.

MARSHALL — For companies that need high-quality electronic components, BH Electronics has been the go-to company since 1967.

Richard Jackson, BH Electronics president and CEO of Plymouth, who works out of the Burnsville office, visited Marshall last week, one of his regular monthly meetings at the plant in Marshall. During the meeting, he handed out the annual service awards and met with the managers to talk about strategic planning.

The plant is gearing up for its 50th anniversary celebration June 13 when prior and current employees and their families will gather for a tour and luncheon.

Deb Boulton, the human resource manager for the company, said the business was founded in 1967 as Contemporary Electronics. It became Buckbee Mears in 1970. Then it was sold to two Buckbee Mears managers, Gene Lyman and Kathy Space, in 1985 and then to the present owner, Richard Jackson, in October of 1993.

Jackson said he enjoys working with the employees and clients.

“It’s an interesting company because we have a lot of interesting customers,” he said. “It’s the most fulfilling job I’ve had. I like the people. Everyone is friendly. We’ve had great customers — some we’ve had for 30 years. That’s our motto — to satisfy the customer.”

BH Electronics designs and manufactures transformers, inductors and other custom magnetic assemblies for international markets.

“Clients can come to us with an idea and our engineers will build a sample to send to the customer and iterate it until it’s right,” Jackson said.

“We add 120 to 150 new parts a year,” he said.

The company enjoys a diverse customer base.

“We have customers in agriculture, commercial, medical, aviation, military so we’re able to survive the ups and downs of the economy,” he said.

In addition to its Marshall plant, BH Electronics has a Mexican and Chinese manufacturing network that can handle any level of volume, from just a few parts to many thousands per week.

“Fifty percent of the manufacturing is done in Marshall and 25 percent each in China and Mexico,” said Jackson. Some parts are labor-intensive and would be cost-prohibitive to produce in America, he said. Wherever they are built, the parts “come back here for the final test.”